Dr. Willie Benson selected as CITS’ chief information officer

The Center For Information Technology Services (CITS) at Alcorn State University is expanding its team of professionals.

The University selected Dr. Willie Benson as CITS' new chief information officer Tuesday, May 15. His duties include establishing and directing strategic goals, policies and procedures for the Center. Benson is also responsible for determining Alcorn's long-term system needs, directing an information management budget, strategic and tactical planning, and business process.

Before his role at Alcorn, Benson served as project manager and information technology security/support manager for the Mississippi Department of Human Services. He is also a former information technology director for the Mississippi Job Corps Center. Benson earned a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University, a master's degree in information technology project management from American Intercontinental University, and two bachelor's degrees in computer science from Jackson State and information technology from American Intercontinental University.

Becoming a chief information officer is a professional goal that Benson always desired. He said that Alcorn is the ideal place for him to shine in his dream position.

"I have always wanted to be in this role," said Benson. "After earning a doctorate, I felt that with the combination of my technology degrees that Alcorn is an institution that would allow me to be the most beneficial and a great asset. The people here on campus also make me feel like a part of the family."

Benson hopes to improve the Alcorn experience for everyone through groundbreaking technology.

"My goal is to better serve faculty, staff, and student learning through technology. I am a firm believer that technology is the key learning tool that this generation of students desires."